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A Denman Century – The work of Samuel, John-Leopold and John-Bluett Denman, 1876 to 1982 (part 2 of a 2 part talk)

Citizen's Building Society, Brighton, portrait of JL Denman by Joseph Cribb_web. Image: David Robson An Illustrated talk by David Robson. Three generations of Denmans ran an architectural practice in Brighton  over a period of a hundred years. During that time, they completed hundreds of buildings across Sussex including such landmarks as Lewes Town Hall, the ...continue reading "A Denman Century – The work of Samuel, John-Leopold and John-Bluett Denman, 1876 to 1982 (part 2 of a 2 part talk)"

Making it new: gender, identity and modernism in English architecture

Friends' Meeting House Ship St, Brighton

an illustrated talk by Elizabeth Darling, reader in architectural history at Oxford Brookes University. This lecture will consider how new forms of self-consciously modern identities created new forms of architecture in 1920s and 1930s England. It will trace how gay men and women, determinedly single professionals and pioneering social reformers worked with architects to produce transformed and transforming spaces both ...continue reading "Making it new: gender, identity and modernism in English architecture"

Beautifying the City

Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton

Panel presentation and discussion with Helmut Lusser -Hove Civic Society Diane Smith - 20 Minute Neighbourhoods These speakers have exciting and innovative ideas about making our city beautiful,. They have some visionary suggestions they will share and will invite discussion and feedback. Diane Smith is a promoter of the 20 minute neighbourhood, made famous in ...continue reading "Beautifying the City"

Brighton Aquarium  


The idea of an Aquarium was started in 1866 by Eugenius Birch, architect and engineer who wanted to use his skills to design an extraordinary building on the seafront in Brighton. So that the seawater could be pumped into the tanks by a steam engine, where visitors would be able to see sea creatures face ...continue reading "Brighton Aquarium  "

John Small lecture : Drink in Brighton (and Regency Society Annual General Meeting)

Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, United Kingdom

Pubs are a prominent feature of any streetscape. David Fisher's profusely illustrated talk will look at the architecture and historical development of these iconic public buildings in Brighton and Hove, the breweries that supplied and usually owned them, and consider the context of the social conditions in which they operated. All are invited. Admission free. ...continue reading "John Small lecture : Drink in Brighton (and Regency Society Annual General Meeting)"

Antony Dale Lecture: Restoring the Madeira Terrace

Royal Pavilion Music Room Pavilion Buildings, Brighton

All tickets have now been sold for this event.   The terrace and arches were designed by Brighton borough surveyor Philip Causton Lockwood and opened in 1890. They have been closed to the public since 2012. In this year's Antony Dale Lecture, Lian Harter, senior project lead at the heritage consultants Purcell, will describe the ...continue reading "Antony Dale Lecture: Restoring the Madeira Terrace"


The Victorian House

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

A Regency Society free lecture by Kit Wedd All are invited, no need to book.   The Victorian Building Site: the system of speculative suburban development, house planning and architectural style, the trades involved in constructing the house, and the hierarchy of labour on the building site.   Kit Wedd is a historic buildings adviser, ...continue reading "The Victorian House"


The James Gray Collection website relaunch

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The website of the RS photographic collection is being given a complete revision to include revised and additional text and newly-taken photographs to match many of the original 7,500 images. Mary McKean will introduce the new-look site, with a little bit of seasonal Christmas fun and cheer.


Brighton & Hove Art Collection

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust looks after a large and varied collection of art works, with around 1,300 paintings and 8,000 works on paper. Many of these are by well-known and important artists, ranging from Philippe de Champaigne, Poussin and William Blake to Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert and Frank Stella. Works are displayed across ...continue reading "Brighton & Hove Art Collection"


Housing: Status and Future

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

Cranes towering over the city are a common sight. Streetscapes are being transformed. Housing is being built to meet need and targets. A panel of experts will discuss current objectives and strategies and what we may expect in the near future. The discussion will look at the wider context of national and local policy, infrastructure, ...continue reading "Housing: Status and Future"


John Every Phoenix Iron Works

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The arches of the Madeira Terrace, the distinctive Victorian lamp posts, including those in the Royal Pavilion gardens, and seafront railings still adorning Brighton were cast at the Phoenix Iron works of John Every in Lewes. John Blackwell will tell the story of the source of so much of the city's heritage street furniture. All ...continue reading "John Every Phoenix Iron Works"


AGM and John Small Lecture

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The Regency Society's annual general meeting will be held at the Hove Club on Wednesday 12 April 2023. Full details will appear elsewhere on the website, including information about standing for election as a trustee. All are welcome but only members will be able to vote. However, it will be followed by Wilds & Busby ...continue reading "AGM and John Small Lecture"


Summer Garden Party 2023

The Secret Garden Bristol Gardens, Brighton, United Kingdom

The Society’s annual garden party will be held at the Secret Garden in Bristol Gardens, Kemp Town between 2.30pm and 5.00pm on Saturday 10 June 2023. Tickets cost £12.50 per person. This includes a glass of wine or a soft drink and canapés. Members are welcome to buy additional tickets for guests. Non-members of the ...continue reading "Summer Garden Party 2023"

Royal Pavilion Garden Through Time

Music Room, Royal Pavilion Brighton, United Kingdom

Antony Dale Lecture 2023 The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust is preparing to reconfigure the gardens following John Nash's designs of 1826, which will include the controversial proposal of night closure. The lecture will present the history of the garden from the Prince Regent's time onward, its current management and the plans for the redesign. ...continue reading "Royal Pavilion Garden Through Time"